title: one thing (or the other)

author: rougeatre

rating: T

tags/content: slightly meta i suppose, all dialogue between women, Female Friendship, Femslash

summary: "It’s men that started this war, and it won’t be men who end it. It will be women. Do you hear me? Women, like you and me."

wordcount: 7k

rec notes: This is an absolutely breathtaking character piece, but it's more than just that: layered through the story of Lily's relationships with other women over the course of her life is rich insight into the way the magical world and the war might shape a woman's life, her choices. The language of this fic is just incredible and it's left me with something ponderous weighing at my chest - sadness, because of course this is canon compliant, but also it's that this fic tapped into real heart, absolute emotional realism. Masterful, tbh.
title: 100,000 Galleons

author: bixgirl1

rating: E

tags/content: Travel, Seduction, Pining, Oblivious Harry, Falling In Love, Humor, wanking, Voyeurism, light D/s elements, Dirty Talk, Bottom Harry, Oral Sex, Anal Fingering, Anal Sex, Rimming

summary: When a weekend with Harry gets purchased at a Bachelor charity auction by Malfoy, he's sure the trip is going to be filled with disaster.

And it is. It really is.

Just... maybe not in the ways he thought.

wordcount: 28k

rec notes: Alright we all know I have some specific weaknesses and I keep forgetting that bachelor auctions is one of them.

but yeah.

god this is my favorite most recent thing I've read though!!! It's SO fun - Harry and Draco's muggle activities shenanigans - and the UST, and the bit of relationship conflict that gets fully explained at the end and makes perfect sense and nothing has ever been more satisfying to me?? also Harry is so fucking stupid, my stupid horny son, smh

anyway but really this is really really fun PLEASE read it and enjoy it as much as I did (if you haven't yet) :^)))
title: You Know What I Mean

author: kingdra (aroceu)

rating: T

tags/content: Hogwarts Eighth Year, Quidditch, Getting Together

summary: The only reason Zacharias was going back to Hogwarts was because Anthony Goldstein had Owled him that he would, that McGonagall had told him that they were going to have Quidditch for the next year, and that Ravenclaw was going to beat Hufflepuff for the Quidditch Cup.

wordcount: 9k

rec notes: With apologies to my co-mod, who wrote this, but the time has come to embarrass you. This is one of those fics I've read over and over again, and not just because it was a gift for me. It's one of those gems that hits all the right notes that a getting together fic ought to: all the beats of establishing the friendship, subtly putting it into "what are we" territory, and building to crisis point. There's Quidditch and rivalry and banter, there's a kiss that's both sweet and funny and a little frustrating, and it's eighth year, so honestly what more could you want? Even if you're not usually minor character oriented, I would heartily recommend diving in and giving it a read, for something short, satisfying, and perfectly formed.
title: Partners of the Four-Legged Variety

author: carpemermaid

rating: E

tags/content: Crups (Harry Potter), Auror Harry Potter, Crup Trainer Draco Malfoy, Living Together, Domestic Fluff, Domestic Bliss, Banter, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Flirting, Innuendo, Praise Kink, Dirty Talk, Anal Fingering, Rimming, Romance, Getting Together, Post-War, Post-Hogwarts, Puppies, H/D Pet Fair 2016, Pining Harry Potter, Pining Draco Malfoy, Courtship, Dating, Implied Switching, Slow Burn, Bottom Harry, Top Draco Malfoy

summary: “Training starts in the home, Potter, so your new Crup and I will need to stay with you for a few weeks while I show you how to properly train and bond with him.”

The Auror Department is instating a K9 Crup Unit, and Harry is the first to sign up. Turns out the professional trainer is Draco Malfoy, and he has to live with Harry as part of the Crup training programme.

wordcount: 18k

rec notes: okay so YES I do have a special weakness for animal related fics... crup trainer Draco is so good though. His professionalism is so in-character, and hilariously contrasts with Harry's propensity to just being spoiling and loving. I also super loved that not-so-hinted praise kink in there, with this fic about dogs, It Is Ideal. Also while there is domesticity it doesn't really drag on and is paced nicely for an 18k fic and is a super enjoyable read!
title: Draco's Delicious Dilemma

author: darkmagicalgirl

rating: T

tags/content: Not Epilogue Compliant, Future Fic, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés

summary: Draco Malfoy bravely deals with new coffee shops, Harry Potter, low-sympathy coworkers, feelings, free muffins, Looks, and some extremely rude signage.

wordcount: 5k

rec notes: I'm not a huge fan of coffee shop AUs, so believe me when I say: if you read only one, make it this. It stands out from your usual because the characters are clueless adults, not clueless teens - no offence, but that's not my cup of tea, if you'll pardon the pun - and instead of someone working at a coffee shop to make ends meet, you have Harry running one in Hogsmeade as a retreat from the world, which he sorely needs. This is played off against Hogwarts Prof Draco, who has two braincells and has to use both of them to fight a talking sign (a lovely worldbuilding touch) and work out that Harry's into him. Laugh out loud funny, a quick read, and high reread value.